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Literacy Clinic

Why is literacy so important?

Understanding the written word is vital for success in everyday life. Having competency in literacy allows students to be socially engaged citizens who can communicate effectively with others and the world around them.

How can the Literacy Clinic help my child?

One of the ways you can help your child learn to read is by giving them extra, 1:1 support with a qualified practitioner. Our Literacy Clinic provides students struggling to develop appropriate reading and spelling skills with effective, high-quality 1:1 intervention.
If you or your child’s teachers are noticing any of the following, then we can help.

  • Are they falling behind in their literacy development?
  • Are they struggling to read accurately and fluently?
  • Are they making frequent spelling errors, particularly in written expression?
  • Are they displaying a reluctance to participate in literacy-based activities?
  • Are they compensating when reading, by guessing from pictures, initial letters or the ‘look’ of a word?
  • Do they have difficulty remembering the relationships between sounds and letters?
  • Do they have poor self-esteem, particularly in relation to literacy activities?
  • Do they have a suspected or diagnosed learning difficulty, such as dyslexia?

How do we help children learn to read?

We use the multi-sensory, phonics program called Sounds-Write, a highly recommended program for teaching all children to read and spell. Students attend individual, personalised sessions with our experienced practitioners, either face to face or online.


Sounds-Write is an evidence-based phonics program utilising a highly successful approach to the teaching of reading, spelling and writing. This program offers an instructional method that is structured, cumulative, sequential and explicit which is highly recommended for teaching all children to read and spell. It places emphasis on giving practice that is grounded in physical, concrete experience of the ideas and conceptual understanding the students need to assimilate. Sounds-Write is developmentally appropriate for beginning readers in the first three years of school, and also offers fast and highly effective intervention for students who need support with reading and spelling. The program is suitable for ages 5 to adult.



What can I expect from Clinic Sessions?

  • A high quality, evidence-based linguistics phonics program
  • Delivered by qualified Sounds-Write trained practitioners
  • Initial placement screening
  • Intervention delivered weekly face-to-face or online
  • Delivered in blocks of 12 consecutive appointments, attended weekly
  • Ongoing monitoring, assessment and feedback
  • Access to high quality evidence-based resources
  • Each student clinic session is 45 minutes
What parents are saying about our Literacy Clinic:

“Clear and strong progress has been seen by us and his school and we could not be more thrilled by the approach.”

“Our daughter has felt confident and empowered from her interactions with the Sounds-Write program.”

“SPELD SA provided a lot of information which we found very useful. Thoroughly recommend the Literacy Clinic.”
“I hope schools and teachers jump on board with this… it is brilliant to see a child’s mindset change and feel they can do it.”

“We love that the readers are based on what she is learning so she is able to read them.”

Meet Our Practitioners

Literacy Clinic Fees

SPELD SA Annual Membership payable prior to first appointment following confirmation of session times $75

Initial consult $190 includes a resources fee for supplying homework resources for the duration of enrolment.

Lesson fees for the remaining 11 appointments are $110 per session; payable at each session. SPELD SA offers a 5% discount for families who choose to pre-pay their block of 12 sessions at the beginning of the block.

Click the orange link below to register for this highly sought after program

Introduction to the Sounds-Write Program for Parents

This on-demand video provides you with an introduction to the Sounds-Write phonics program for beginner readers. The course is directed at parents, runs for 1 hour and 18 minutes, and will give you support to get your child learning to read and write.

Information for classroom teachers of students enrolled in the Sounds-Write Literacy Clinic

SPELD SA is a not-for-profit organisation providing advice and services to children and adults with specific learning difficulties and those who care for, teach, and work with them.

For over 50 years we have been delivering a range of services to the community including educational training, parent workshops, educational consultations, psychological assessments, tutoring, literacy intervention programs and extensive resources through our library and bookshop.

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